Rage in Eden

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Rage in Eden
Studio album by Ultravox
Released 11 September 1981
Recorded 1981 at Conny's Studio in Cologne, West Germany
Genre Synthpop, post-punk
Length 45:34
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ultravox and Conny Plank
Ultravox chronology
Vienna
(1980)
Rage in Eden
(1981)
Quartet
(1982)
Singles from Rage in Eden
  1. "The Thin Wall"
    Released: 14 August 1981
  2. "The Voice"
    Released: 29 October 1981
Alternative cover
Used for later releases
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Release Magazine 9/10 stars[2]
Smash Hits 5/10 stars[3]

Rage in Eden is the fifth album by the British new wave band Ultravox, released in 1981. The album reached #4 in the UK album charts and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.

Background[edit]

Like the band's previous two albums, Rage in Eden was co-produced by Conny Plank. The abstract album artwork was designed by Peter Saville, better known for his collaborations with New Order. All re-issues of the album since 1981 however have different artwork, due to licensing problems concerning the original cover.

The remastered definitive edition, released September 22, 2008, features a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. In addition to this, the original front cover artwork has been reinstated. The licensing of the original artwork currently only extends as far as the initial run of the physical release of the album (set at ten thousand units worldwide). Future editions feature the same artwork as used on the previous CD re-issue.

Chart positions[edit]

Album

Chart Position
UK 4
Sweden 5
Norway 20
Germany 48
US 144

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "The Thin Wall" UK Singles Chart 14
"The Voice" UK Singles Chart 16


Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy Currie.

Original release: CHR 1338[edit]

Side A:

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57

Side B:

  1. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  2. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  3. "Accent on Youth" – 5:57
  4. "The Ascent" – 1:10
  5. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

Original CD release: 253 958[edit]

  1. "The Voice" – 6:00
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:40
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:13
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:59
  5. "The Thin Wall" – 5:41
  6. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  7. "Accent on Youth" – 5:57
  8. "The Ascent" – 1:07
  9. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:30

CD re-release: 7243 8 57409 2 3[edit]

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57
  5. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  6. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  7. "Accent on Youth" – 4:45
  8. "The Ascent" – 2:19
  9. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

Bonus tracks:

  1. "I Never Wanted to Begin" – 3:31
  2. "Paths and Angles" – 4:19
  3. "I Never Wanted to Begin (Extended Version)" – 6:17

Remastered Definitive Edition[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57
  5. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  6. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  7. "Accent on Youth" – 4:45
  8. "The Ascent" – 2:19
  9. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "I Never Wanted to Begin" (B-side of The Thin Wall) – 3:31
  2. "Paths and Angles" (B-side of The Voice) – 4:19
  3. "I Never Wanted to Begin (Extended Version)" – 6:17
  4. "Private Lives (Live)" – 4:51
  5. "All Stood Still (Live)" – 4:19
  6. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon) (Live)" – 5:47
  7. "Stranger Within (Live)" – 8:02
  8. "Rage in Eden (Live)" – 4:26
  9. "Accent on Youth (Live)" – 4:45
  10. "The Ascent (Live)" – 2:27
  11. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again) (Live)" – 4:45
  12. "Stranger Within (Work in Progress Mix)" – 7:11
  13. "The Thin Wall (Work in Progress Mix)" – 5:16
  • Tracks 4-5 recorded live at Crystal Palace, 13 June 1981.
  • Tracks 4-5 originally released as B-sides to the 12" version of "The Voice".
  • Tracks 6-11 recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon, 17 October 1981.
  • Tracks 6-13 previously unreleased.

Personnel[edit]

Ultravox
  • Warren Cann – drums, electronic percussion, vocals, (lead vocals on "Paths and Angles")
  • Chris Cross – bass, synthesizers, vocals, (guitar on "Paths and Angles")
  • Billy Currie – synthesizers, piano, violin, viola
  • Midge Ure – lead vocals (except "Paths and Angles"), guitars, synthesizers
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. Rage in Eden at AllMusic
  2. ^ Eliasson, Tobias (November 6, 2008). "Ultravox: Rage in Eden". Release Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Black, Johnny (19 September 1981). "Album Reviews (Ultravox - "Rage In Eden")". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) 3 (19): p29.